About Kathy Nance

Blessed be the Holy Thorn–and Her new leaves

Hacked by vandals shortly before Yule and left for dead, the Glastonbury Holy Thorn unfurled two wee leaves for Ostara.Best news I've heard in months. A tiny sprig of green on a tree whose origins could stretch back a couple thousand of years, that was hacked by vandals and feared dead just a few months ago—it's as though the Green Man himself has sprung from the new grass, laughing.The report came the day after the Sabbat on the Thorn's official Facebook page. A local Thorn-watcher shot a p … [Read more...]

There Is Healing Water Enough For All

It snowed today in St. Louis. We were expecting a few big flakes—the “size of hamsters,” according to one meteorologist—mixed with mostly rain. But it's March in the Midwest, and cold air can be stubborn as it lurks at ground level.And as this water first flowed and then drifted from the sky to cover the pioneering spring leaves, Water came with it. For the first time in weeks I awoke feeling love and gratitude flowing into me, out from me, and all around.I've been feeling overwhelmed by larg … [Read more...]

Lent for Pagans

I've spent the past several years of Pagan life feeling superior about Lent.This is also how I felt growing up fundamentalist Protestant. The Bible said nothing about Lent. So we didn't do Lent. I'd see my Catholic friends giving up things they enjoyed, like chocolate or French fries. And I wouldn't taunt them about it, but I did not see the point. You like chocolate, eat chocolate. What's the problem?As a Pagan, I felt much more in tune with Laissez le bon temps roulez. St. Louis has … [Read more...]

The Justice of True Grit

True Grit is about justice—both human and Divine.It starts with a call for both Old Testament and American justice on the 1870s frontier. It ends with a neat demonstration of the Law of Return.The main players in this morality tale are Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges), the lawman who acts as if he is above both kinds of Law. And Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld), the 14-year-old girl who starts by invoking the laws of the United States and ends by enacting not just frontier justice, but the most a … [Read more...]

Know Thyself: The King’s Speech

“Know thyself,” admonished the Oracle of Delphi.“If that which you seek you find not within, you will never find it without,” wrote Doreen Valiente.When I saw The King's Speech, I thought about those quotes. And about the kinds of power represented—power that comes from within, from knowing one's self and having a healthy pride in one's abilities and accomplishments. And the kind of power that is accorded by holding a certain place in society. Power that comes from without. Power that comes f … [Read more...]